Two Voices Salon: Donald Nicholson-Smith on Moroccan Poet Abdellatif Laâbi


Abdellatif Laâbi is without a doubt the major francophone voice of Moroccan poetry today, and Donald Nicholson-Smith has translated a massive, career-spanning collection of his work, In Praise of Defeat. Join us for the next Two Voices Salon on November 10, as we present a spirited discussion of this classic and contemporary Moroccan poet.

Per Wikipedia, “Laâbi was imprisoned, tortured, and sentenced to ten years in prison for ‘crimes of opinion’ (for his political beliefs and his writings) and served a sentence from 1972-1980. He was, in 1985, forced into exile in France.” His poetry is a gripping, visceral trip through that experience, as well as the politics and events in the years to follow, including such incidents as the Atocha Station bombings in 2004.

Donald Nicholson-Smith is a leading translator of French literature, with over a dozen titles to his credit, including titles with City Lights, New York Review Books, University of California Press, and Seagull Books. Join us as he talks about his impressive career and this remarkable poet.

As always, the Two Voices Salon provides free beverages and snacks, plus great conversations and new translation-loving friends!

  • Thursday, November 10
  • doors 5:30, event 6:00
  • Two Lines Press offices, 582 Market St., Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104
  • free drinks and snacks

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